NaPoWriMo-Day Nine (Where angels fear to tread)

How is it I am asked

To give name

To speak words making real

That which is feared


I choose to soar beyond that

Which hovers in darkness

Caught on the peripheral sight

Where eyes look away

Seeking solace and light.

I know of many whispered images within

Yet moving beyond after confronting the beast

To see it diminished,

Shrunken like a tribal head

Found on a quest for new places

And finding the same ghosts that rise from the mist

Like welcome friends,

I embrace it all,

Each nuance and word that I myself give meaning to

And to name it as fear is something

I cannot do,

For it is equal and just

A part of the whole embraced

Like light and dark,

The nameless fades into


What is this word fear?

Why must I be party to selection of this over that

When it all disolves away like sugar in water

Leaving a sweet aftertaste

Of victory in the conquering

Mind over feeling.

I don’t find it wrong in saying something I fear to say, but as an open slate I find myself bristling a bit at the idea. To me fear is just that, a word. If I give it no meaning, then it is nothing. I could say I fear snakes, but it is just a feeling of something I am not close enough to know. It is a thought put in my mind somewhere along the way in my life by someone….it filtered in, and I will filter it out as just that. Irrational…..I prefer equal calm in my world….I could say I dislike someone or something said….but it is just an opinion….saying out loud does nothing good… I let it go….move forward…..leaving it dissolving behind me on my journey. 

And now, for our prompt (optional, as always). This one sounds simple, but it can be pretty difficult. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that includes a line that you’re afraid to write. This might be because it expresses something very personal that makes you uncomfortable – either because of its content (“I always hated grandma”), or because it seems too emotional or ugly or strange (“I love you so much I would eat a cockroach for you”). Or even because it sounds too boring or expected (“You know what? I like cooking noodles and going to bed at 7 p.m.”). But it should be something that you’re genuinely a little scared to say. Happy (or if not happy, brave) writing!

12 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo-Day Nine (Where angels fear to tread)

  1. Thanks Elizabeth,
    I’m always chuckling at what prompts keep popping up….still tending to be myself even though it’s out of my norm a lot of times…your writing is very good and always a joy to read😊 yeah, you can write THAT😊 love it.


  2. I love this on many levels Kim, so inspiring – you are amazing!! I will absolutely take you up on this challenge. Then again, I feel like writing many times for me comes from this place. I’ll think ‘no, you can’t write THAT!’, then the immediate reaction is usually ‘why the heck not?’ 🙂

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  3. PG14 might be the limit of my boldness. As of late, I have been attempting to take that step beyond my more “traditional” writing into the realm of passion, hopefully without taking the next step into erotica LOL. There is a Very Great deal to be said (I Believe, anyway) for where the imagination takes you from intimation, but if boldness speaks, mine may speak a bit more clearly from now on. It seems it is being received well, anyway 😉
    Thank You Ever So Much for your Kindness and Support. You are a Gem 😉

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  4. How bout PG14…haha, just kidding my friend….we all have good imaginations but if you ever take on a pen name I’m sure you could churn out some amazing adult romance….I know as a kid I read four harlequins a day….it’s surprising I don’t write that style with my youthful brain full of hundreds of the books, now the adult mind prevails I suppose….but I keep reading your beautiful pieces….gives me calm and passionate thoughts that keep one immersed in the magic and beauty of life. You are a gift and I’d see if you take the challenge….today will be a reading day after the dogs take us for a drag😊
    Peace and love,

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  5. I love the verse, Kim. Deliberately choosing calm over calamity is a very Harmonious way of being. I am not always successful, but it is what I strive for, most days. 😉 To write something I am afraid to write, might be an interesting test, although knowing me it would turn into something that may need more than a PG rating 😮 As I tend to skirt round the explicit for the sublimely suggestive as frequently as I strive for harmonious living.

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  6. Yes, sometimes they seem to effortlessly flow that way, like a peaceful meandering creek rippling….we know here’s more below the surface but sometimes we are content to watch the leaf float where it will till out of view😊
    Thank you so very much,
    Peace and love,

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  7. Thank you so much, I wasn’t sure if I’d get some kind of backlash for what I wrote…but then again, I let that go too…I am glad you could relate to it, your words make complete sense…I’ve always hated the coulda, woulda, shoulda…..I like to think if it’s not going to be construed in a good sense…it’s not worth the uproar to put it out there…..or I would have a lot of burnt bridges I’m sure😊 thank you, peace and love as always,

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  8. Love this piece – it flows so well and gives true expression! Feel your prose as well – so true and real.
    Life just is, isn’t It – how we choose to perceive it being our choice but it doesn’t change what simply is! 🙂

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  9. This is so good! I love the poem, and I love the paragraph after.
    I prefer calm in my world too. There are so many things that don’t need to be said, as long as we can truly let them go. I find that sometimes I think I have resolved something inside for myself, only to find out later – like as an irrational reaction to someone (the same someone that I thought I didn’t need to say that thing to). Sometimes I fool myself, I guess, when I should have actually said something, and I was too lazy or I could rationalize it away. Then resentment comes, and that’s no good. It’s hard to know sometimes when something needs to be said and when not. But sooo many times it’s fine not to say things. Fear, as you say, is just a word, and our filters and opinions are just that. Thank you Kim.

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